Monday, August 13, 2007

"Leaper" by Geoffrey Wood at Title Trakk

Hi all:

I have a new review up over at Title Trakk. It's for Geoffrey Woods' debut novel Leaper.

Leaper: The Misadventures of a Not Necessarily Superhero

By Geoffrey Wood / Random House, Inc

What if you woke up one morning suddenly able to leap through time and space? That's exactly what happens to James! But why was he given this extraordinary ability? What earthly---or heavenly---good is it? Part Heroes and part Superman, Wood's witty, unconventional novel explores reality, relationships, redemption, and faith. 320 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

Here's how my review begins:

Question: What does the publishing world have in common with Protestant Christianity? Answer: As many genres as there are denominations! Case in point: Chick lit is one of the newest genres to emerge in recent years, and it has already subdivided into Mom Lit, Senior Lit, and now ... Lad Lit. Geoffrey Wood's Leaper is one of the finest examples of lad lit; it's a thinking person's comedy for the "Heroes" audience. Except Wood's musings go deeper than any TV show would, thus demonstrating anew the privileged position of the novel form to fully explore deep thoughts.

Leaper is a fun book in many ways starting with the very first page, which is a 7-panel comic book layout of the whole novel. You've heard of flash fiction? Well, this is flash fiction ... without any words at all! Next comes an intriguing excerpt from a police report. Then begins Part 1 with the opening line: "The first time it happened, I had pins sticking in my back." Are you hooked yet?...

Find out if Leaper ends as well as it begins by reading the rest of my review here. Or buy the book here and decide for yourself.



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